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Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church, Edgefield County (S.C. Hwy. 230, Morgana vicinity)

Founded in 1762 by the Reverend Daniel Marshall, the Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church was built in 1776 in the meeting house style. Marshall became one of the strongest of New England “New Light” missionaries, looking for the immediate Second Coming of Christ. He was converted to “Separate Baptists” – a sect characterized as highly emotional, noisy, suspected of Arminianism and disposed to allow women prominence in religious work. Since the “Regular Baptists” were intolerant of the “Separates,” the latter transferred their missionary efforts to the backcountry settlers of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Marshall’s coming into the western section of South Carolina marked the beginning of Baptist work in the territory that later became Edgefield Baptist Association. Marshall served as minister of Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church for several years. After the church was built in 1776, it was a member of Congaree Association, having been dismissed from the Sandy Creek “Separate” Association. However, the “Separate” peculiarities of service were retained. The present church exhibits many original features. Listed in the National Register May 6, 1971. It has since been demolished. Removed from the National Register December 8, 2005.

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